Asian Touring Car series ended with drama

Published on September 14th, 2009

It has been an interesting weekend for the people racing for the Asian Touring Car Series (ATCS) in Bira International Circuit in Pattaya, Thailand.

Mechanical failures, lost of traction, spinning, and the rest of the what’s not were all part of the fun and games during the race. For Round 8, the race was conquered by Cheung Chi Sing of IMSP-S&D and followed by Adrian Henry D’Silva and Gary Sham.

Cheung managed to pull away from the rest of the pack early in the race, and with the advantage of starting at pole position, left quite a gap with the rest of pack. Cheung had some problem with his tyre in the middle of the race, but he managed to hold on until the end of the race. He drove his Honda Integra FD2 all the way to the chequered flag. D’Silva of JPM Nexus Racing followed behind, quite a distant behind, accompanied by Sham, both driving Honda Integra DC5.

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For the rest of the pack, Man Ting Yu drove across the finish line to claim fourth positon, followed by Frank Yee, Danny Stacy Chau and Caesarg, with Chin Tzer Jinn and Charles Ng both with a DNF (Did Not Finish).

On the very next day, ATCS continued with Round 9 at the same circuit.

For Round 9, Man Ting Yu reclaimed the championship lead in a dramatic battle for supremacy. Coming from Hong Kong, Man Ting Yu praised the lady luck for being merciful to him that day.

From the start of the race, Gary Sham immediately went ahead of the pack. Sham did not see the penalty board for a false start he had made and was given a drive through penalty, and therefore was disqualified to finish the race five laps into the race.

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Danny Stacy Chau, who was on the second place from the opening lap, misjudged the second chicane and was made love to the gravel. He rejoined the race at the end of the pack and finished fifth.

Since Gary Sham and Danny were no longer leading, the first position immediately fell to Man Ting Yu who was quietly sitting at third position.

But Man was not alone. Keeping the pressure right behind him were newcomers Charles Ng from S&D Motorsports and Chin Tzer Jinn of JPM Nexus Racing, who both started at the back of the pack.

The duo gave a spectacular show overtaking and maneuvering all the way to the front and was quick to give some pressure to Man. But since lady luck is considering a relationship with Man, both newcomers’ car were given a little bit of bad luck on lap 9. Chin’s car had its engine blown and Ng’s suffered from a broken throttle sensor.

Cheung Chi Sing and Adrian Henry D’Silva took second and third place respectively.

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Four hours after the celebration, Round 10, which was the last round, started.

Cheung Chi Sing finally lifted the ATCS championship trophy, while Malaysian Driver Chin Tzer Jinn won the final race of the year.

Cheung was almost assured of the Championship at the start of the race when the then Championship leader, Man Ting Yu was not able to start due to suspension problems. Man, although slightly disappointed at not being able to race was nothing but happy for his Team IMSP-S&D teammate.

Third place in the Championship went to Adrian Henry D’Silva of JPM Nexus Racing. D’Silva played it safe during the race today, crossing the line in eighth after suffering some suspension problems from a puncture on lap 3 after a shunt.

In one of the closest fought races of the year, race winner, Chin and second placed finisher, Charles Ng battled for the win from start to finish, driving nose to tail throughout the race. Chin claimed the early lead before being overtaken by Ng on lap four at the first chicane. Then midway through the race, Ng had some gear shifting issues that caused him to miss third gear, leaving Chin to take the lead.

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Right on the final lap of the race, at the first chicane, Ng made a move on Chin, setting up to overtake at the next turn where he got it wrong and drove onto the grass, passing Chin. But the move was deemed illegal and Chin was crowned the winner, (after the stewards gave him a 10 sec penalty) despite crossing the chequered flag in second.

Chin had nothing but praise for his fierce competitor, claiming it as one of the best races he has fought in recent times.

Gary Sham crossed the line in third for Team IMSP-S&D. Sham who started the race in sixth showed he had the pace and made his way through the pack early on in the race. He was able to climb up to fourth by the second lap and made his move on Cheung Chi Sing, who at that time was running in third, on lap four. From there Sham maintained a great pace to cross the chequered flag in third.

Team IMSP-S&D claimed the Asian Touring Car Series Team Championship Trophy after collecting a total of 244 points over the year. The team was represented by Danny Stacy Chau during the trophy presentation.

text: Syawal Ahmad  pix: Afos

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